Issue Position: Protecting Our Health Care from a Government Takeover

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2012

I will oppose any attempt to increase government intervention in our health care and medical decisions. We need less government interference, not more. Patients and doctors should make health care decisions, not government bureaucrats.

We need a consumer oriented and patient friendly health care system. Reform should include better choice among health plans and more competition among providers. We need tort reform to bring down costs and reduce frivolous lawsuits. We can use free market principles to bring about portability and treat pre-existing conditions fairly. We need to help small businesses and individuals afford health care through tax credits and cuts.

I believe letting free enterprise work is the best answer to developing the kind of health care that's best for all our families.

I will not support any plan or program that balances the budget or funds health care by raiding Social Security and Medicare. Social Security and Medicare are a commitment we made to older Americans - a commitment I intend to keep.